Court Cupboard. Oak with pine back and bottom. Red and black paint. Upper and lower drawers over a center cabinet. Drawer fronts have two rows of short panels. Central shelf behind cupboard doors; Decorative spindles are painted. Rests on front flattened ball feet and straight back feet.
In exhibit at The Long Island Museum, Long Island, New York: "Improving the Past, The Colonial Revival on Long Island" from April 26, 2001 - November 18, 2001.
"Cherished Possessions": When a picture of this seventeenth-century cupboard appeared in Clarence Cook's House Beautiful in 1878, it became, perforce, an icon of the aesthetic reform movement in America. Cook preached a return to simplicity and honesty of design; he held that good design should be available to all, and that an artistic life promoted morality and virtue.<br/> When it was made, probably in the 1680s, this cupboard would have had an upper case. In the nineteenth century the cupboard was discovered in a barnyard, where it was being used as a hen coop, a fragment of its former self. Cook celebrated the cupboard, so well made that it survived years of misuse.<br/>
- Location of origin
- Newbury, Massachusetts
- Object type
Massachusetts (United States)
Newbury (Essex county, Massachusetts)
- Descriptive terms
- 40 1/8 x 48 x 21 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Museum Purchase